Monday, January 23, 2012

G.Skill F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL DDR-3 memory kit examined by BenchmarkReviews

"Construction quality was good; there were no obvious physical flaws on the DIMMs and the performance was reliable.

Functionality is excellent: the user can choose to run at the default 1333MHz or the XMP-profile 1600Mhz by selecting the desired profile in their computer's BIOS, with no overclocking or guesswork needed. While the 1600MHz speed won't provide much performance improvement over 1333MHz, you're paying for it, so you might as well use it. The heat spreaders aren't low-profile but also aren't as high as many others; still, you should check the clearance on your system if your cooler overhangs any of the memory slots.

Right now, a good DDR3-1600 memory kit hits the sweet spot for price vs. performance: it's faster than DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 (besides, there's some subtle enthusiast stigma attached to memory slower than 1600MHz), and provides virtually the same performance as much more expensive "high performance" memory. You'll get G.SKILL's lifetime warranty and support in a 16GB kit that's less than $90 at Newegg, which is the lowest price I can find for a DDR3-1600 quad channel memory kit with 9-9-9-24 timings. Right now this is the best bang for the buck available in a memory kit of these specs."

David Ramsey - BenchmarkReviews

G.Skill F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL memory kit review by BenchmarkReviews - Introduction & Conclusion.